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The Death of Ivan Ilych
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aesthetic
1 use
he had himself insisted on their securing a box and going because it would be an instructive and aesthetic pleasure for the children.
aesthetic = related to beauty or good taste
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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affectation
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I consider it an affectation to say that my grief prevents my attending to practical affairs.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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amiable
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who had suddenly become particularly amiable and friendly to him
amiable = friendly and kindly
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astute
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he had a capacity for cards, played good-humouredly, and calculated rapidly and astutely, so that he usually won.
astutely = with intelligence and perceptiveness
DefinitionGenerally astute means:
smart and perceptive
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cease
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She began to wish he would die; yet she did not want him to die because then his salary would cease.
cease = stop
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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despair
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Ivan Ilych saw that he was dying, and he was in continual despair.
despair = extreme sadness from having lost hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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dissent
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only one son was left, a schoolboy and a subject of dissension.
dissension = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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establish
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1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Ivan Ilych now spent most of his time in attempting to re-establish that old current.†
re-establish = restore
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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florid
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1  —1 use as in:
florid color
When Ivan Ilych came home and entered his study he found his brother-in-law there — a healthy, florid man...
florid = with a healthy reddish complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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impervious
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His wife became more and more querulous and ill-tempered, but the attitude Ivan Ilych had adopted towards his home life rendered him almost impervious to her grumbling.
impervious = not capable of being affected by
DefinitionGenerally impervious means:
not admitting passage through; or not capable of being affected
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irony
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verbal irony
"Please don't raise any objections. I am doing this for my own sake," she said ironically, letting it be felt that she was doing it all for his sake and only said this to leave him no right to refuse.
ironically = saying one thing, while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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magnanimous
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"Please smoke," she said in a magnanimous yet crushed voice, and turned to discuss with Sokolov the price of the plot for the grave.
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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obsequious
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...and there was too some obsequiousness to his chief and even to his chief's wife, but all this was done with such a tone of good breeding that no hard names could be applied to it.
obsequiousness = excessive attentiveness and flattery
DefinitionGenerally obsequious means:
excessively eager to flatter or serve
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punctilious
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In official matters, despite his youth and taste for frivolous gaiety, he was exceedingly reserved, punctilious, and even severe; but in society he was often amusing and witty, and...
punctilious = paying careful attention to details
DefinitionGenerally punctilious means:
paying careful attention to details — especially social conventions
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resolute
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A vigorous, resolute Church Reader ... was reading something in a loud voice with an expression that precluded any contradiction.
resolute = firm in belief
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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stupefy
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Till about three in the morning he was in a state of stupefied misery.
stupefied = made unable to think
DefinitionGenerally stupefy means:
make one unable to think
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superfluous
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various superfluous institutions
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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timorous
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In his former position it had been pleasant to ... pass through the crowd of petitioners and officials who were timorously awaiting an audience with the governor, and who envied him as with free and easy gait he went straight into his chief's private room to...
timorously = timidly
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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virtuoso
2 uses
with the feelings of a virtuoso — one of the first violins who has played his part in an orchestra with precision
virtuoso = someone who is spectacularly skilled in a particular field
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vivacious
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the sparkle of her vivacious eyes
vivacious = engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
an engaging liveliness
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